« Last post by pdxfan on November 26, 2013, 07:31:51 PM »
This show. I've had a few shows that I connected with over the years, but this one was special. I can totally see why people worked so hard to save it, and I personally want to thank you veteran Chuck watchers for helping to keep it on the air for as long as it was.
With that said, here are a few of my thoughts from the show:
For me, it all came down to Chuck and Sarah. Their relationship really touched me, and I was truly rooting for him to get the girl. A few times during the series I was extremely frustrated with the writers because of their meddling with Chuck and Sarah. Bringing back Bryce, introducing Barker, and then Shaw.
1) I thought they progressed the show too quickly. I think they could have milked the first season a little longer. They could have prolonged the initial flirting and "will they/won't they" tension for at least another year or two. I look at a show like Bones, which had a formula and stuck to that formula for quite some time before they started marrying off characters and having babies etc. I felt like Chuck got frustrated with Sarah too quickly, and I think they introduced other love interests much too soon, like Rachel Bilson. Too many shows get away from the original winning formula, and I felt like Chuck made that mistake by going away from the nerdy guy who is in love with the secret agent girl. The first season had the Buy More as more of a central point in the plot line, and they could have done more episodes with Chuck working at the Buy More, doing missions, getting into trouble, and flirting with Sarah. The first season was so light hearted, and I felt like that was some of the best work during the series. They could have had more fake dates and more exciting missions that involved the intersect.
2) I wanted to just yell at Chuck to kiss Sarah on a number of occasions. You could just see it in her face. She wanted him to take control and make the first move and he simply wouldn't do it. That first big kiss during season one was a perfect example. Sarah had to make the move. All I wanted to see was Chuck and Sarah together, and I was happy when I finally got to see them together in the Honeymooners. I don't think Chuck would have turned down Sarah at the beginning of season three though. He was deeply in love with her. I don't know about you, but if the girl I was deeply in love with for the past two years asked me to run off with her, I'm going to do it.
3) Fulcrum and the Ring were alright, but like I said, I wish they would have stuck with simple missions for a little while. Bringing in the big conspiracies and the arch villains could have happened later in the series. Reminds me a little bit of White Collar, because I really liked the first season of White Collar, but I felt like the writers got too caught up in the huge sub-plots and got away from the fun of having the two main characters going out on missions. I would have liked to see Team Bartowski go on more one-off missions that might not have had anything to do with some massive plot to take over the world, but I understand that the writers were going for a Bond-esque storyline.
4) Morgan getting the intersect was bad. Very bad. I was fine with him going on missions, but giving him the intersect was just. . ugh.
5) The Final episode. I know it's been discussed ad nauseam. After watching it, I spent a lot of time watching podcasts, seeing interviews, and trying to get some kind of closure. Personally, I don't think I should have to look for answers outside the show for a finale. I was very upset with the ending. I've read all the theories and the thoughts on why this was a good ending, but I just don't agree. So many people watched the show for the Chuck and Sarah dynamic, and to leave it open like that. . I just felt like it was a slap in the face because it leaves it open that they could conceivably not end up together. How would you have felt if they didn't end up together in the end?
Firstly, I hate amnesia plots. I just got done watching the Grimm amnesia plots and it's so frustrating. I would have been much more accepting of this if it had been a season finale, with some time to work it out and fix it in future episodes, but to leave the series hanging off that cliff? It just really bothered me. I was extremely upset.
Secondly, I do not agree that it's romantic that they're going to fall in love for the first time all over again. The idea that she might not get back the memory of their first kiss, the proposal, their wedding, that's nothing short of a travesty. I have a fiancee, and if we lost all those memories, it would be devastating. Just thinking about all the memories that might not ever come back was part of what really upset me. And how do they replicate that bond that was formed while she was protecting him as "the asset?"
Thirdly, I felt like the writers betrayed their fans by giving her amnesia and possibly ruining everything that was built over the five seasons. They knew that people loved Chuck and Sarah, and leaving it open to the possibility that they might not end up together was cruel. We deserved to see them happy at the end. I stuck it out because I loved seeing them going on missions together and working as a spy couple. I loved seeing them talk about children and the perfect house and marriage and all of those things. To see them hit a reset button just crushed all that for me.
Lastly, I didn't see this mentioned anywhere before, but on the idea of the magical kiss. I remember in one of the earlier episodes Mrs. B was telling a story about how she was saved by a kiss from an agent which turned out to be Stephen Bartowski. Something about putting the antidote on his lips and kissing her. I can't remember which episode this was in, but I thought it was pretty relevant to the magical kiss theory and I never saw anyone bring it up after the final episode. I thought the magical kiss was a reference back to that story.
Anyway, I loved the show, I thought the acting was remarkable for a show like Chuck. Zach, Yvonne, and Adam were amazing. The character development was a thing of beauty. I finished the show and then immediately started rewatching it. I'm into season 4 again, after skipping most of season 3 (no Shaw thanks), but I haven't decided if I'll watch season five. If I had a choice to go back and not know what happened in season five, just leaving it at the wedding, I'm not sure if I wouldn't just stop watching after the season four finale. It was that upsetting.